Frank Cornelissen – Munjebel Terre Siciliane CR Campo Re – 2019
Little known but definitely surprising are the wines from Contrada Campo Re located on the northern slope of Etna near Randazzo, in fact here Nerello Mascalese tends to take on unusual structured and austere tones. Frank Cornelissen sensed the potential over the years, his vines (some of them free-range) are more than 70 years old placed at an altitude of 735 meters in climatic and geological conditions that are not easy since due to the deep soil the ripening of the grapes becomes difficult depending on the vintage. Carefully chosen, the grapes ferment with the use of indigenous yeasts and remain in contact with the skins for 50 days, aging is carried out in the usual neutral fiberglass tanks of 1200 to 2500 liters for 18 months followed by 18 months in the bottle. Released on the market for the first time in 2015 with an annual production of 2000 bottles it was a real surprise, complex aromatic profile of red berry and spices, in drinking it shows resourcefulness with deep and marked tannic sensations. A wine that must be waited for to savor its capabilities showing good disposition to aging.
- Producer: Cornelissen Frank
- Name: Munjebel Terre Siciliane CR Campo Re
- Grape Variety: 100% Nerello Mascalese
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol Content: 15%
- Bottle Size: 750 ml
- Production: 3200 bottles
Productive Notes: vinification with indigenous yeasts for 50 days. Aging in neutral fiberglass tanks of 1200 to 2500 liters for 18 months, plus 18 months in bottle.
Wine naturally contains solphites
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“Accept and follow nature” is Frank Cornelissen’s winery philosophy. Of Belgian origin, after various winemaking experiences, he founded the winery in Sicily, on Mount Etna, in 2001. Right from the start, Cornelissen was struck by the fertile and extraordinary territory of the Etna volcano, seeking to produce wines of great expressive identity in an area that is, among other things, still little exploited and known. The key and fundamental concept of the winery is not to intervene invasively in the vineyard, thus avoiding the use of chemicals, plowing the land, but to follow nature. In addition, fruit trees and cereals are integrated into the vineyards, to avoid having a monoculture and help the ecosystem. The winery is located in Castiglione di Sicilia and manages 24 hectares of vineyards, woods and olive groves on the northern slope of Etna between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level, an area most advantageous for the quality of Nerello Mascalese due to cooler temperatures. In addition to respect and care for the land, to produce great and territorial wines the yields per plant are very low, between 300 and 600 grams of grapes. Even in the winery, only neutral containers are used for fermentations such as mastelli, or fiberglass for aging. The winery never uses wooden barrels! The style is really to enhance the volcanic soils of each individual district that give minerality and notes of sulfur, herbaceous, vegetal. Extraordinary Purist!